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I want to remove a false diagnosis of bipolar?

I want to remove a false diagnosis of bipolar?

New Evaluation: If you are concerned about the accuracy of a past diagnosis the best thing to do would be to seek out a second opinion or new evaluation from a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Iv had two brain tumour s removed in 14 years will that make my bipolar worst?

Iv had two brain tumour s removed in 14 years will that make my bipolar worst?

Not necessarily: It all depends upon what kinds of tumors, what size, and which locations. Since bipolar doesn't come from "one spot" in the brain, you're most likely to be ok. ...Read more

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Could I get advice for recent bipolar diagnosis.?

Could I get advice for recent bipolar diagnosis.?

Yes: Have you sat down with your doctor who made the diagnosis? That will be a good starting point in terms of getting useful advice, because you will need to work very closely with your doctor to manage the disease over a long period of time. This is a chronic disease that needs to be treated through prevention of relapse. Good luck! ...Read more

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Question about people with a diagnosis of bipolar. Are the 2 phases 2 semi-separate personalities?

Question about people with a diagnosis of bipolar. Are the 2 phases 2 semi-separate personalities?

No: The two phases are due to abnormalities is separate brain structures. There is no personality "separation." it can look that way because the mood changes are often unpredictable and quite different. ...Read more

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I've been told I might have bipolar 2 with rapid cycling and mixed episodes. I already have EUPD diagnosis. Is it possible to have both?

I've been told I might have bipolar 2 with rapid cycling and mixed episodes. I already have EUPD diagnosis. Is it possible to have both?

Psychiatric diagnose: I suspect you are referring to Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder [EUPD]. I use the term borderline personality disorder instead of EUPD. The answer is yes, you can have both bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. ...Read more

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Have a fruend with bipolar, took herself off meds and seems to be doing well. Wondering if I can do the same? Nearly same diagnosis & am sick of meds!

Have a fruend with bipolar, took herself off meds and seems to be doing well. Wondering if I can do the same? Nearly same diagnosis & am sick of meds!

Be careful....: Yes, you're sick of taking meds, and yeah, you've seen your friends go off of meds successfully (for how long?)....But...Everyone is different! Please talk to your md before making any changes in your meds....You want to do well, don't you? The last thing you need is to go off your meds and have everything fall apart and have to start from scratch again.... ...Read more

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Is it possible to prove a diagnosis of mania or bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to prove a diagnosis of mania or bipolar disorder?

Prove To Who?: Mania is a cluster of symptoms that occur over seven days (or less if hospitalization or incarceration is required). You cannot prove that the mania was not drug induced but if a drug test and thyroid function is normal and there was no head trauma it is widely accepted to be a bipolar mania. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Cyclothymic: Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder often ignored. Current evidence indicates that cyclothymic disorder is a prevalent and highly impairing disorder on the bipolar spectrum. In fact perugi et al 2011 found impulsivity could be associated with comorbidity with cyclothymia. Impulsivity often can lead to drug addiction, job loss, loss of relationship and impaired judgement. ...Read more

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Can you confirm a bipolar diagnosis with an imaging procedure, like a (spect) or (meg) scan?

Can you confirm a bipolar diagnosis with an imaging procedure, like a (spect) or (meg) scan?

No: Many studies are ongoing with respect to the functional imaging techniques of SPECT, MEG, PET, and fMRI, in order to better understand psychiatric condition such as bipolar disorder. However, to date ruling in (or out) such diagnoses is not possible on the basis of any form of imaging study. ...Read more

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What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for a young person?

What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for a young person?

Better prognosis: Early intervention prevention of many factors early treatment genetic marker recognition prevention of all the factors and avoid those sleep regulation destigmatising mental health educating themselves as they do on cell phone on their 2 pound computer called brain and treating it early so they won't mess with drugs alcohal and will be wow generation wise outstanding wizard and take brain serious. ...Read more

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What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for somebody's life?

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What does a diagnosis of bipolar affective disorder mean for somebody's life?

Bipolar: Like any chronic illness, whether physiological or psychological, maintenance therapy to prevent recurrences and relapses is vital for optimal functioning. ...Read more

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For what reason has diagnosis been changed from bipolar to schizoaffective disorder?

For what reason has diagnosis been changed from bipolar to schizoaffective disorder?

There may be: Psychotic symptoms that are occurring in the absence of a mood disorder episode (not depressed or manic). ...Read more

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I want to know what neurological analysis is necessary for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

None usually: Bipolar disorder is a clinical diagnosis, meaning there is no purely objective test or analysis used in diagnosis. On the other hand, an astute psychiatrist will always be vigilant for the potential of bipolar disorder symptoms being caused by a medical disorder such as hyperthyroidism, focal brain lesions (rare), certain medications like weight-loss medications, etc. ...Read more

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Are there any tests or research studies to help with a diagnosis of childhood bipolar in 5 yr old? Where could I go near terre haute, in?

Are there any tests or research studies to help with a diagnosis of childhood bipolar in 5 yr old? Where could I go near terre haute, in?

HARSHA: Harsha behavioral center is located right in terre haute and has excellent child and adolescent psychiatry. Phone number is 812-298-8888. Good luck - I have sent patients there and they do a great job. ...Read more

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How long can a manic episode last with a diagnosis of bipolar 1?

How long can a manic episode last with a diagnosis of bipolar 1?

Often Too Long: In bipolar disorder type i, a true manic episode can last from days to weeks to months in some patients. Mania can be divided into three phases. First phase: the patient shows increased energy and feels productive. Second phase: decreased need for sleep, impulsive behaviors ie spending money. Third phase: racing thoughts, grandiose delusions, and evidence of psychosis. Mania can be devastating. ...Read more

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What could happen if a person who is most likely bipolar receives a depression diagnosis and is given meds for depression?

Use mood stabilizer: It is a significant risk to take onle antidepressant medication for bipolar patients, even in a depressed phase. You will run a risk of manic or mixed episode. Talk to the doctor to add mood stabilizer or Lamictal immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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